Map Search
Property Search
Low Income Housing  Capitalization Rate Entities Tax Offices Tax Rates MAPS Review Reappraisal Plan Annual Report Utilities Report
Certified Totals State Reports Top Ten Taxpayers Preliminary Totals
Real Estate Exemptions Business Personal Property Ownership/Address Agricultural ARB Data/GIS Records Information Request Human Resources Public Agendas
Real Estate Exemptions Business Personal Property Ownership/Address Agricultural Taxpayer Assistance ARB Texas Tax System
Contact Information Public Information
« Go Back
FAQ's - Exemptions

• What exemptions are available?  [Read more...]

General Residential Homestead, Over-65, Over-55 Surviving Spouse, Disability Homestead, Disabled Veteran, Cemeteries, Charitable, Religious, Private Schools, Youth Spiritual, Mental and Physical Development Associations, Miscellaneous Associations and some Low Income Housing, Historical Sites, Agricultural Appraisal, Freeport, and Pollution Control exemptions are available. Details on each of these exemptions can be found on the Exemptions page on this site.

***Important news about applying for Residential Homestead Exemptions***
SEE NEW HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATION RULES

• How do I apply for exemptions?  [Read more...]

Exemption applications are available at the CAD office and can be picked up between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Friday. Our address is 2021 Amistad Dr, San Benito, TX 78586. You may also have an application mailed to you by calling our office at (956)399-9322. Several exemption applications can be printed from the Forms page on this site. You may print a Homestead Exemption form, by clicking here.

***Important news about applying for Residential Homestead Exemptions***
SEE NEW HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATION RULES

• Do I apply for a homestead exemption annually?  [Read more...]

Only a one-time application is required, unless by written notice, the Chief Appraiser requests the property owner to file a new application. However, a new application is required when a property owner's residence homestead is changed.

• What type of exemptions require an annual application?  [Read more...]

The law requires an annual application by April 30 for some types of exemptions, including property exempted from Taxation by Agreement (Property Tax Abatement), Historical and Archeological Sites, exemption of Freeport Goods, and exemption of Pollution Control property approved by the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ). Cemeteries, charitable organizations, youth development organizations, religious organizations, and non-profit private schools do not have to reapply for the exemption each year once the property tax exemption is granted, unless by written notice, the Chief Appraiser requests the property owner to file a new application. However, if their exempt property changes ownership or if their qualifications for exemption change, they must reapply.

• Must I notify the Appraisal District if my entitlement to an exemption ends?  [Read more...]

A person who receives an exemption that is not required to be claimed annually must notify the Appraisal District in writing before May 1 after the entitlement to the exemption ends.

• Is it true that once I am 65 years old, I will not have to pay any more taxes?  [Read more...]

No, that is not necessarily true. The amount of the exemptions that are granted by each taxing entity is subtracted from the market value of your residence and the taxes are calculated on that "lower value." In addition, when you turn 65, you may receive a "tax ceiling" for your total school taxes; that is, the school taxes on your residence cannot increase as long as you own and live in that home. If you significantly improve your home (other than ordinary repairs and maintenance), tax ceilings can go up. For example, if you add a swimming pool, a garage, a storage building, and a room to your home, or significantly remodel your home, your tax ceiling can rise. It will also change if you move to a new home. The tax ceiling is set at the amount you pay in the year that you qualify for the senior citizen exemption. The county, city or special district may adopt a tax ceiling.

• How do I transfer my senior citizen or disabled person tax ceiling?  [Read more...]

You may transfer the same percentage of school taxes paid to another qualified homestead in the state. If the county, city or special district grants the limitation, you may transfer the same percentage of taxes paid to another qualified homestead within that same taxing unit.

To transfer the tax ceiling, you must qualify for an Over-65 or Disabled Person exemption at your previous residence and complete the Tax Ceiling Transfer form. A current Homestead Exemption application must also be completed for the new residence. These forms can be printed from the Forms page on this site or call our office at (956)-399-9322. Attach current proof of age or the date your disability began. Acceptable proof of age includes either a copy of the front side of your driver's license or a copy of your birth certificate or any official document reflecting your date of birth.

***Important news about applying for Residential Homestead Exemptions***
SEE NEW HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATION RULES

Acceptable proof of disability includes a current statement from the Social Security Administration (1-800-772-1213) showing that you are disabled and the date on which your disability began.

Once the form has been processed, a certificate will be sent to the appropriate tax office for processing. If the tax rate has not been set for the current tax year, it will delay the processing of your transfer request. If the tax rate has been set, please allow 30-60 days for processing.

• If I am disabled and over 65, can I claim both exemptions in the same year?  [Read more...]

You may not claim both an Over-65 and Disabled Person exemption in the same tax year.

• Will a non-profit organization automatically receive a property tax exemption?  [Read more...]

No. Often organizations mistakenly believe they are entitled to a property tax exemption because they have received a federal income tax exemption under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or an exemption from State sales taxes. The constitution requirements for property tax exemptions are different than the provisions covering income and sales taxes. A non-profit organization may qualify for a total exemption from property taxes, but they must apply by April 30 to the Cameron Appraisal District for the exemption. Several exemption applications can be printed from the Forms page on this site.

• Why do I still pay taxes, I don't have any kids in school?  [Read more...]

In the State of Texas, our public schools are primarily funded by property taxes. If you own a property, you will pay ad valorem taxes.
The amount of taxes is based on your appraised value, unless you qualify for a tax exemption, which is a tax break or discount that the state mandates the taxing entity to give or the local entity votes or chooses to give.
The exemptions for your primary residence are Homestead, Over-65, Disabled Persons, or 100% Disabled Veteran’s Homestead. Disabled Veteran's Exemption may be applied on any one property the Texas resident owns.
All applications require proof of Texas residency for all owners of the property to qualify. (I.e. Driver's license for a licensed driver)

• Do both my spouse and I need to apply for homestead exemption?  [Read more...]

Yes. Both spouses must apply and both spouses must provide required information. (I.e. copies of driver's license)

***Important news about applying for Residential Homestead Exemptions***
SEE NEW HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATION RULES

• My parents are on the deed because of the loan, but they do not live here, can I still get a homestead?  [Read more...]

Yes. But only the owner's occupying the residence will qualify. The account will be split out to a UDI. TPTC Section 11.41 Partial ownership of exempt property, only the qualifying owner will receive the exemption and the exemption is multiplied by the percent of ownership.

[Back to Top]
New Homestead Exemption  Application Rules
  Read More...»
 FAQ's about the New 100%  Disabled Veteran’s  Homestead Exemption
  Read More...»
 Visit the Window on State  Government website for  more FAQ's on Exemptions
   Read More...»
Related Links:
« Exemptions Forms & Downloads
« Taxpayer Assistance Department
Related Information:
« Homestead Exemption Application    Instructions